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The Rule

(All In #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  640 ratings  ·  125 reviews
A whip-smart businesswoman with one rule she’ll never break. A billionaire entrepreneur with a dangerous past.

Olivia “Liv” White is poised to take over eligible bachelor Tom Marko's companies, but he wants something closer than a business relationship. Much closer. It doesn’t hurt that Tom’s handsome, a basketball star with a body to match, and just the right kind of aggre
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published November 3rd 2019 by Pulse Press
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Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A-MA-ZING BOOK‼️‼️A Must Read!

This is my first Maggie Cole book and I’m completely “All In” with this author. This book should be made into a movie. It’s got it all... Intrigue, Drama, Murder, Secrets, Love and lots of incredibly HOT Sex!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥 The love story between Tom & Olivia is epic. Hot steamy romance right from the start and “The Rule” - Her Rule - must be broken. But this story has so much more. Tom is everything a truly romantic alpha male should be and his generosity knows no bounds.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed 97% of this book. I don’t give three stars lightly. It is of my opinion that if you’re going to include attempted rape scenes not once but twice than you should address them and the effects they have on women and the relationship more. The author talked 3 sentences through out the book about how horrible and what an impact the first attempt was and how the Heroine was struggling to deal with it. Then it happened to the heroine again going even further than the first time and it was all ...more
Gwen Shafer
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First book I have had the chance to read from Maggie. She gained a fan with this one. I will be reading more from her. This one is full of some suspense, hotness, steamy sex, great storyline and amazing characters. Everything you want in a great book. I absolutely loved it from beginning to end. This storyline was not only interesting but at some points intense with where it was going. Liv runs quite the PR firm. She is great at what she does and knows how to please a client. She has one rule an ...more
Jan 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this story! Tom and Liv each have a rule or two that they're breaking but the reward outweighs the risk. Adding to that, Tom has a secret that puts it on the line. As a couple, they are adorable, hot, and a power couple that is down to earth. This story is steamy and a page turner. The characters are real, passionate, intelligent, feisty, and well-written.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. It may be a little longer than most of the other books I've read recently,
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Tiffany Copple
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars for The Rule by Maggie Cole. This is book 1 in the All In Series. This is my first time reading a book from this author but it for sure will not be my last. I would consider this book a sports, co-workers, contemporary romance. Tom is an all-star basketball player who also has lots of different businesses, he also has lots of secrets. Tom has been watching Olivia/Liv ‘s PR firm and wants to hire her. However, Tom is afraid if he goes neat her he wont be able to stop himself for going for ...more
Shan ~A~
My first book by Maggie Cole. I decided to read her books after seeing her on different reader groups on FB.

The overall story was good. Romance with a bit of intrigue with the things Tom was keeping secret in his carefully crafted life. His intense attraction and insta-love for Olivia.

But... It hit on some of my pet peeves in romance. An author telling me a woman is intelligent, but before I get the chance to experience said intelligence the woman meets the uber sexy man and acts like an idiot
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5: Olivia White owns a PR firm and is hired by basketball superstar Tom Marko to help him with his other businesses.
Olivia has a rule that she never crosses the line with clients. The minute Tom steps into her office, she attracted to him.
Olivia re-thinks her rule and learns a lot about Tom in the process. There is way more than meets the eye.
Olivia struggles with some insecurities because she thinks he can have anyone he wants. He wants her and makes that clear.
Tom has a secret about his p
Lorraine Brattin
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG can this man kiss! Quite the love story.

I loved this story all the way through and it has loads of suspense as well. Tom Markos is a man who always goes after what he wants and he wants Olivia White with a passion. Tom is a professional basketball player who happens to have a large portfolio of businesses and Olivia is a PR manager.

Tom gets Olivia to come to his house in Colorado on the first day they officially meet. But Olivia doesn't mix business with pleasure and Tom knows this. Olivia i
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Let me just start off with what I expected from The Rule.. I a topical sports romance.... what I got was so much better! Tom’s a basketball player so there is a sport theme but he’s so much more.

This story has everything Drama, Mystery, Crazy Chemistry, and at some points terrifying. An amazing story to start off the All In Series!!

Olivia White is a savvy businesswoman who owns her own PR Firm. When working with the rich and powerful she has a Rule about dating clients. That is until T
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Meet Tom Marko, he has everything a man could want, woman, fame, money and looks but something is missing. Olivia White started her PR firm from almost nothing and now business is amazing . But she has one rule, don't get involved with the client and she has never broken it, until. Maggie Cole has brought Tom and Liv to life in a way that I believe no author has done. Will Liv break her rule or keep it? This is NOT a quiet story that is just a nice read. It will blow your mind and you'll never p ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tom and Liv are ultimate relationship goals!

Tom is a billionaire basketball player/business mogul trying to live a life free of a rough past.
Liv is a smart, headstrong business woman who tries to hide behind her one rule.

The journey of these two characters will have you laughing, crying, and everything in between. When Tom meets Liv he knows she is the one woman for him. He must do anything he can to protect her from secrets of his past. Liv is infatuated with Tom but with him being her newes
Jennifer Wilson
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Tom Marko is a star basketball player and business man. Olivia White runs one of the top PR firms in the east coast. When Tom comes to Olivia to bring her his business, they are both instantly attracted to each other. But Olivia has a rule, she doesn’t date clients. Then Tom asks her to go with him, so she can better understand his businesses, she gives up that rule. But dangers from Toms past comes back into his life, and he’s afraid Olivia will get hurt. He doesn’t know how he can k
Jill Haworth
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This book is so good. I absolutely love the way that the story is told throughout from each characters perspective, and that they slightly overlap. The writing is witty and clever. Olivia immediately comes across as a strong, steadfast and hardworking professional. Tom immediately comes across as an intelligent business man as well as a successful athlete with beauty and brains, but is hiding something. Something big. The story evolves as their hot and heavy love story unfolds. The characters th
Amber Khan
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
lies always come out

Liv and Tom live life in front of the media. Liv by controlling it and running what they see. Tom because he is in his prime in Pro basketball and he is filthy rich. they are the power couple to watch. One has a tragic past that is haunting them.
This is a very well written story with great characters. Tom gets off to a rocky start for me as he is overbearing and clingy but you understand why as time goes on. You learn Liv is just a normal woman with the same insecurities as
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read of Maggie Cole's but definitely not my last. The Rule is the 1st book in the "All In" series. It pulls you in from the start and makes you want more. Tom is a jock and a businessman. Olivia is the head of her own PR firm and is all business. The two meet at her firm to discuss possibly working together. Tom is smitten from the beginning but Olivia has a rule that she doesn't date people she is working with. As their interactions continue to become more personal ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She has just one rule....................Will it be followed or shattered to pieces

The Rule is the debut book by new author Maggie Cole and I became immersed in the story of Liv and Tom. The author has done a wonderful job of writing a well developed story-line with great characters that have depth and that are relatable. Liv and Tom have more than a little sizzling chemistry and are strongly drawn to each other, even while they try to fight it.
I look forward to reading more books by this author
Deb O
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such an awesome read and a new author for me. The story, characters and plot were awesome and grabbed me form the beginning with word usage that made me feel like I was right there watching the story unfold. I loved Tom and Liv they went well together and were very well written and hot and steamy. They were relatable with depth and a sizzling chemistry. I will definitely be reading more form this author! I can't wait to read more!!!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I volunteered to read this ARC for an honest review. I enjoyed this story about Liv and Tom. He's a pro basketball player and businessman. She is the best female PR and Media specialist. Tom seeks her out to help his company but finds he's attracted to her. The only problem she has a no dating client rule. He takes get to Colorado to immerse her in his business but things heat up. When his past comes back to interfer drastic steps are taken. Great HEA with lots of suspense.

I received a free copy
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved The Characters

Loved the story of these people & how it was a quick and to the point read, but had enough substance to feel like a whole story. Didn't feel like part of the story was missing or too quick to be "love story" or "romantic story" relevant. I loved our main man Tom and the way the characters talked and related to each other was awesome. No overdrawn silent treatments or stupid break-ups that last half of the story. Great. Hope the next books in the series are good.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Olivia White- Owner of a PR & Marketing Firm...
Tom Marko- Basketball Player/Business Man...

Olivia has one rule, no personal relationships with clients. Tom has other plans about that. Plus he's got secrets of his own, he wants/needs to keep hidden.

Will they keep their rules, or break them? You'll have to read to find out.

This is my first time reading anything by, Maggie Cole. I learned of her after joining her readers group. I quickly became a 'Romance Addict, " as she likes to call us. The Rule
Barbara Harrower
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first read of Maggie Cole and WOW. How refreshing her story is. Olivia is a strong confident woman, running her own business.Liv also has a rule, one she didn't intend to break. Tom is an elite athlete, who to the outside world appears to have everything, everything except something to stave off the loneliness he feels when he comes home to an empty apartment. When Tom notices Liv the attraction is immediate . He just needs to get past her rule. When Liv meets Tom though she feels the spark b ...more
Steph Lee
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This book could've been better

This story about Tom and Olivia was great up until the end. Tom claimed to be so inlove with in love with Liv and obsessed over her from afar for months but was willing to let her go after a short 9 days if she didn't completely trust him and wasn't All In.

Tom not only put the woman he claimed to be in love with at risk he took his sweet ass time saving her. Derek his friend actually watched. Without pulling the plug and rushing to her aid.

Let's not forget about t
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
I’m reading through Maggie Cole’s books now and this is the first one that didn’t sit well with me. I didn’t read any of the reviews prior to reading it, but if I had, I might not have read it. This book needs to have some pretty upfront trigger/content warnings. Rape comes up quite a bit, including two attempted rapes. I think the author does a disservice to real victims by having the victim in the book just nonchalantly move on with her life, like nothing happened. The only reason I’m not givi ...more
Debbie Orazi
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible! Stayed up until 4am to finish reading it - could not put the book down. Talk about all the feels! Steamy, funny, heartbreaking and inspiring are just a few adjectives to begin to describe this story. The characters are so well developed they draw the reader into their story. I cannot wait for the rest of the books in this new series. Highly recommend.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Debbie Mcdermott
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maggie Cole’s introductory novel weaves together a steamy tale featuring smart writing, well developed main characters and enough twists and turns to keep you turning the page. I was up until 3AM reading it and can’t wait for the next book in the series to be released. Maggie Cole’s storytelling is imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable; she shows a lot of promise and is one to watch.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Brandi Parsons
Author Maggie Cole knows how to pull the reader in and give her an escape from reality. The Rule is a spicy, sassy book where we meet Liv and Tom. Their steamy romance begins as Liv agrees to learn more about Tom's businesses so that she can run the best-ever PR team for him. If you love steamy, erotica, this is a story for you.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Debra Richardson
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting and passionate book one in the All In series! The story-line is well written, relatable, emotionally deep, funny, and enjoyable. A fast pace page turner with drama, ups and downs, and off the charts chemistry! The characters are well developed, likeable, and are really great together. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Definitely recommended.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Deb Moncrief
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Book

Maggie Cole knows how to weave a story. I was invested in Tom and Liv immediately. I thought the secondary characters were very important to the story, and not used as fillers. Both Tom and Liv have their faults, and each of them own up to them. Often authors write where the heroes are always at fault, it was refreshing to see the heroine realize she has an ego, too. I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
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